FAQ regarding parenting time during COVID-19:
4/3/20: UPDATE REGARDING SCHOOL CLOSURE
Do Closed Schools Affect Midland County Parenting Time Orders?
On April 2, 2020, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-35 to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Pursuant to her Executive Order, schools throughout Michigan were closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Specifically, the Order provided for a "suspension of in-person K-12 instruction for the remainder of 2019-2020 school year."
The Friend of the Court has received many inquiries asking how the Executive Order affects parenting time schedules in Midland County custody orders. People are asking if they are now in a summer parenting time schedule, or should they continue to operate under the parenting time provisions of their order as if school was still in session? The answer is the parents should agree as to a parenting time schedule that is in the best interests of their children; however, if they cannot agree then they should operate under the provision of their parenting time order as if school was still in session. Summer parenting time should commence as stated in their order.
Judge Stephen Carras, Judge Michael Beale, and Judge Dorene Allen are in accord with the above policy.
Kenneth Randall, FOC Director
ORDERS REMAIN IN EFFECT DURING GOVERNOR'S EXECUTIVE ORDER
Executive Order 2020-21 : Temporary requirement to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life, issued on March 23, 2020, permits individuals to travel "as required by law enforcement or a court order, including the transportation of children pursuant to a custody order." Therefore, all current orders regarding custody, parenting time, and/or child support remain enforceable.
If you would like a motion to modify custody, parenting time and/or child support, contact the Office of the Midland County Friend of the Court at 989-832-6801 or in writing at County Services Building, 220 W. Ellsworth Street-41h Floor, Midland, Michigan 48640 .
PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
From the Midland County Friend of the Court Office
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How To Pay Child Support When the County Services Building is Closed
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the County Services Building was closed to the public effective March 20,2020. Though the CSB is closed, offices remain open. One of the offices in the building is the Midland County Friend of the Court. For individuals who pay child support at the FOC, you must now pay through the Michigan State Disbursement Unit. Their web site is www .misdu.com and they accept all major credit cards. They will also accept checks or money orders at PO Box 30351, Lansing, Ml 48909-7850 . Please allow 3 - 5 business days for processing. The MiSDU IVR telephone number is (877) 543-2660. Another child support option is to pay cash using PayNearMe at some participating CVS, 7-11, and Family Dollar Stores. Additionally, you may pay child support by MoneyGram at participating Walmart stores. Registration w ill be necessary, and you will need to know your court file number.
We apologize for the inconvenience, and we wish everyone good health.
Kenneth D. Randall Director
March 20, 2020